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October News & Updates

Phoebe Point Trail is Open We are excited to announce that the Phoebe Point Trail at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin property is now ready for you to hike! This mile-long looped trail offers great views up and down the Wisconsin River and beyond the Welsh Hills to the head of the Lowery Creek valley. We have some final touches to do over the next few weeks, but the trail is easy to follow and well-marked. We don’t want “perfect” to get in the way of beautiful fall colors and stunning views! Check out more details in the Phoebe Point Trail Guide, and find coordinates to the parking area here.


Student Environmentalists Take Action!

High school students in the Driftless Area are demonstrating a rising awareness of the environmental challenges we face today. And they’re digging in to help! DALC’s Clean Local Energy Alliance – Now! (CLEA-N) project has been working to foster that awareness and activism. Students have taken that support and are running with it, becoming effective messengers and activists. Read about some of their recent activities here.


Join Us on the Driftless Trail Still itching to help build the Driftless Trail before the snow flies? We have scheduled our last work day of the year for Friday, November 3 from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the Phoebe Point Trail on the Taliesin property near Spring Green. We will fine-tune trail that has been mowed and roughed-in. If enough people assist, we can polish up this gem of a trail. Find more details and register here.


Volunteer Opportunities

These cool fall days are a wonderful time to work outside. Join our bi-weekly volunteer workdays to make a difference for the Driftless!

  • Weekends at Wild Oaks: Usually 1st and 3rd Saturdays, but some date changes due to deer hunting season. Upcoming dates: 11/4, 12/2

  • Sundays at Sardeson: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Upcoming dates: 11/5, 11/19

  • Wednesdays at the Wetland: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 11/1, 11/15

Find more details and let us know you're coming at our Volunteer page.


Notes From the Field As I look out my window to a rainbow of leaves - yellow maples, rusty oaks, maroon sumac, and stubbornly green locust - I'm reminded of my favorite thing about Wisconsin, and especially the Driftless: its endless diversity. October is a perfect example. We started the month close to 90 degrees, and it looks like we could end it with snow. A few weeks ago I was still seeing hummingbirds, and today the bird feeder is full of juncos just arrived from the tundra. My coworkers keep sending pictures of astonishing mushrooms, exploding into falltime abundance, found in habitats from sand barrens to wetlands. In addition to all this natural diversity, we're so lucky to have a diversity of ways to care for this special region as well. Whether your passion is sustainable agriculture, trout fishing, mountain biking, birdwatching, mushrooming, volunteering, or more, your love and care make a difference for the Driftless. Thank you for being part of this wonderful tapestry! Emilee Martell Development Associate emilee@driftlessconservancy.org

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